Rain fixed LTE-A vs Mobile – Speed Test comparison

Rain has launched its mobile products in South Africa, offering users a flat rate of 5c per MB (R50 per GB).

The mobile products also include unlimited data for a certain number of days following their purchase, and the option to add on a 19-hour-per-day uncapped mobile usage bundle.

The launch of the mobile products follow the unveiling of Rain’s fixed LTE-A packages in 2017, which offer a fixed-line alternative for broadband users.

Speed tests

To see how Rain’s new mobile SIMs perform compared to its existing fixed LTE-A products, we conducted a series of speed tests.

A Rain Mobile SIM and a Rain fixed LTE-A SIM were each placed in a Huawei B618 router.

The routers were placed side-by-side and connected to a Windows 10 PC via an Ethernet cable, after which multiple speeds tests using MyBroadband’s web-based Speed Test page – accessed in Chrome – were conducted.

The tests were conducted on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and besides an initial discrepancy in speeds, the Rain Mobile SIM kept up with the Rain fixed LTE-A SIM – as shown below.


Midstream Estate – North

Rain Fixed LTE-A SIM
Download (Mbps) Upload (Mbps) Latency (ms)
33.70 7.40 19
33.42 8.04 19
22.35 7.80 20
28.01 7.46 18
31.34 7.02 19
Rain Mobile SIM
Download (Mbps) Upload (Mbps) Latency (ms)
21.41 7.50 20
22.64 7.79 19
21.19 7.80 19
20.57 7.43 18
20.58 7.80 19

Lonehill

Rain Fixed LTE-A SIM
Download (Mbps) Upload (Mbps) Latency (ms)
57.38 6.85 17
62.07 6.63 18
65.64 6.48 18
66.10 6.86 17
64.22 6.58 16
Rain Mobile SIM
Download (Mbps) Upload (Mbps) Latency (ms)
56.49 6.89 15
56.71 6.89 15
54.87 7.17 15
52.61 7.20 14
57.67 7.43 15

Midstream Estate – South

Rain Fixed LTE-A SIM
Download (Mbps) Upload (Mbps) Latency (ms)
29.47 8.98 19
29.37 8.88 18
27.72 8.92 18
29.07 8.88 19
30.08 9.15 19
Rain Mobile SIM
Download (Mbps) Upload (Mbps) Latency (ms)
29.03 8.90 19
26.28 8.95 19
25.59 9.00 19
28.02 8.95 19
27.91 8.88 18

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